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Voyage of Discovery : Historical Introduction to Philosophy

Voyage of Discovery : Historical Introduction to Philosophy - 3rd edition

Voyage of Discovery : Historical Introduction to Philosophy - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780495127796

ISBN10: 0495127795

Voyage of Discovery : Historical Introduction to Philosophy by William F. Lawhead - ISBN 9780495127796
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
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Voyage of Discovery : Historical Introduction to Philosophy by William F. Lawhead - ISBN 9780495127796

ISBN13: 9780495127796

ISBN10: 0495127795

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 07
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Summary

Highly praised by reviewers for its clarity and rich exposition, this history of philosophy text illustrates philosophy as a process and not just a collection of opinions or conclusions. Rather than simply giving a reporting the results of a given philosopher, Lawhead's prose assists students in retracing the thinker's intellectual journey that first gave rise to the ideas for which they are remembered. In effect, the particular philosopher's deliberations become a puzzle which students are invited to take up themselves. Lawhead uses metaphors, analogies, vivid images, concrete examples, common experiences, and diagrams to bring the abstract issues down to earth and show the unavoidable practical implications and contemporary relevance of positions.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface.
Introduction: A Brief Tour Guide to Philosophy.

Part I: THE ANCIENT PERIOD.

1. The Greek Cultural Context: From Poetry to Philosophy.
2. Greek Philosophy before Socrates.
3. The Sophists and Socrates.
4. Plato: The Search for Ultimate Truth and Reality.
5. Aristotle: Understanding the Natural World.
6. Classical Philosophy after Aristotle.

Part II: THE MIDDLE AGES.

7. Cultural Context: The Development of Christian Thought.
8. St. Augustine: Philosophy in the Service of Faith.
9. Early Medieval Philosophy.
10. Philosophy and Theology in the 11th and 12th Centuries.
11. St. Thomas Aquinas: Aristotle's Philosophy and Christian Thought.
12. The Unraveling of the Medieval Synthesis.

Part III: THE MODERN PERIOD.

13. Cultural Context: Renaissance, Reformation, and the Rise of Modern Science.
14. Early Empiricists: Francis Bacon and Thomas Hobbes.
15. Rene Descartes: Founder of Modern Philosophy.
16. Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza: Rationalist and Mystic.
17. Gottfried Leibniz: The Optimistic Rationalist.
18. Cultural Context: The Enlightenment and the Age of Newton.
19. John Locke: The Rise of Modern Empiricism.
20. George Berkeley: Following the Road of Empiricism.
21. David Hume: The Scottish Skeptic.
22. Immanuel Kant: Finding the Powers and Limits of the Mind.
23. The Nineteenth-Century Cultural Context: Romanticism, Science, and the Sense of History.
24. G.W.F. Hegel: Biographer of the World Spirit.
25. Karl Marx: A Philosophy of the Changing World.
26. Soren Kierkegaard: The Founder of Religious Existentialism.
27. Friedrich Nietzsche: The Founder of Secular Existentialism.
28. Nineteenth-Century Empiricism: Comte, Bentham, and Mill.

Part IV: THE CONTEMPORARY PERIOD.

29. The Twentieth-Century Cultural Context: Science, Language, and Experience.
30. Pragmatism: The Unity of Thought and Action.
31. Analytic Philosophy and the Linguistic Turn.
32. Phemenology and Existentialism.
33. Recent Issues in Philosophy.

Glossary.
Index.